Chaka Khan Will Miss July US Tour Dates To Complete Rehab; Singer Cites Prince’s Death As Motivator
Singer Chaka Khan will be entering rehab for “a dependence on prescription pain medications” and will have to miss some upcoming performances on her tour.
She has been “battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince’s death,” Khan said in a statement.
Khan said she “voluntarily entered the programme to get healthy and stay that way.”
In a statement she reveals she has “struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications” and that “doctors have urged her to resume rehab mid-July.”
“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer. However, it’s vital that I put my health and well-being first. I know that I am disappointing some of my fans, but I also know they would want me to recover and be well and healthy,” said Khan.
She tweeted to fans with a link to the statement on her website:
Thank you EVERYONE 4 your well wishes. Here’s the OFFICIAL statement regarding my rehab & schedule – https://t.co/XPH6FwqwAc
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) July 10, 2016
Khan entered the rehabilitation program with her sister Yvonne Stevens, also known as Taka Boom.
The sisters “agreed we would take this journey together and support each other through the recovery,” Khan said adding, “The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and re-evaluating our lives and priorities. We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers.”
Prince died in his home on April 21 of this year. The cause of death was an overdose of the drug Fentanyl.
She will miss concerts in the July in the U.S. portion of her tour.